It's been a joy to watch Jadeveon Clowney remain relatively healthy during the 2016 NFL season after suffering through two injury plagued years after being drafted by the Houston Texas in 2014. He registered a career high six sacks this season, and beyond that, he disrupted countless quarterback dropbacks, runs, and screens by showing off his impressive football IQ. But there's nothing more awe-inspiring than seeing Clowney at the height of his athletic powers, as if he'd never had a season-ending knee injury during his rookie season at all.
In the midst of the Texans first round playoff game against the Oakland Raiders, Oakland ran a reverse for their stud receiver Amari Cooper in a desperate attempt to muster some offense. Clowney didn't make the tackle, but it's a highlight play nonetheless. Clowney shadowed Cooper the entire way, matching him stride for stride until Cooper was forced to scamper out of bounds. Cooper ran a 4.42 40-Yard Dash at the NFL Combine in 2015.
To be fair, Clowney was clocked at 4.53 in his 40 at the Combine, and there were rumors that, unofficially, he ran a 4.47. Still, this brief clip should be enough to terrify speedy running backs and quarterbacks all over the league of Clowney's absurd lateral speed.
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